The Sorento can carry roughly 900 to 1,100 pounds, depending on the model, engine and whether it has front- or all-wheel drive.


Kia could not provide specific numbers, which is puzzling because the federal government requires manufacturers to state how much each vehicle can carry in passengers and cargo on the tire placard that is usually affixed to the driver’s doorjamb.

How much weight a vehicle can carry is essentially the difference between the base curb weight (the weight of the vehicle with all vital fluids but before options are added) and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or the combined weight of the vehicle and a full load of people and/or cargo. You can find these numbers in the specifications for each vehicle in the Research section.

For a four-cylinder 2013 Sorento LX, that works out to a payload of 983 pounds with front-wheel drive and 1,082 pounds with all-wheel drive. On V-6 models, the payload is about 939 pounds with front drive and 918 with all-wheel drive. Because these numbers are based on curb weights and GVWRs and do not include options, they may not match the carrying capacity listed on the tire placard. You should check the tire placard yourself at a dealer to make sure.

Answered by Rick Popely on October 12, 2012 in Kia , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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